Prior to founding Jones MacQueen in 2013, Amanda Jones and Belinda MacQueen worked together in various capacities for over a decade and for the larger part of that time in a successful job-share arrangement spanning several different roles and organisations.
Most notably, Belinda and Amanda shared the role of General Manager at Patch Theatre Company across a 9 year span where they demonstrated extensive capabilities in all areas of arts and business management including strategic planning, funding partnerships, marketing, audience development, recruiting and managing employees, logistics, touring and sound financial management. Their extensive experience as Company Managers / Producers saw them negotiate, manage and attract funding for an unprecedented level of local, national and international touring for the Company as well as develop and expand audiences for Patch’s works. Over the course of Amanda and Belinda's time at Patch Theatre, audiences grew from 30,000 to 90,000 per annum and annual turnover from $450,000 to $1.4 million.
Both have strong business skills that underpin their practice and inform their recommendations to clients. Their experience at Patch Theatre Company honed their business management skills and seeded an interest in strategic planning, having experienced first hand the advantages of a clearly articulated plan. Amanda, in addition to her practical business management experience, has a Masters degree in Business (Administrative Management) that gives her a theoretical base to draw from in developing solutions for clients. Belinda’s business credentials include jointly founding and managing dB Magazine during its formative years.
Throughout their careers, Belinda and Amanda have devoted much time and effort to mentoring emerging artists, providing advice, encouragement and business support. In her role as Chair of the Arts Organisations and Arts Industry Development Panels at Arts SA and her association with the Theatre Development Program, Belinda has gained additional insights and networks within the small-to-medium sector. Amanda and Belinda have also supported the development of many of the industry’s finest arts administrators, mentoring trainees and presenting guest lectures to Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management students at Uni SA.
Other highlights of their partnership include:-
Adelaide Festival Centre: Programming Executives for the Moon Lantern Festival – a large outdoor community event in Elder Park attracting audiences of 20,000; Christmas Proms – a large scale Christmas variety show in the Festival Theatre; and InSpace – a program that provided opportunities for artists and companies to develop and present new work at the Centre.
10th Australian Performing Arts Market: Program Managers overseeing the artistic program for the event and liaising with artists, guest speakers, panellists and stakeholders. Through this role they further expanded their networks with national and international Presenters and increased their knowledge of touring networks.
Come Out Festival: caretaking the General Manager’s role for a month in order to prepare funding submissions for the 2013 Festival.
Carclew Youth Arts: managing City Sites, a public art training project for young artists and The Art of Jazz Big Band Showcase, an event that brought together celebrated musicians including James Morrison and Don Burrows with some of SA’s best young musicians.
Belinda and Amanda bring an intimate knowledge of the arts sector and the artists working within in it to their consultancy venture. They are driven by their enthusiasm for supporting creative people to articulate and realise their vision.